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Maxi For Jazz & Blues

December 16, 2008

436_big_maxi21Maxi Priest Is Set To Perform At The 2009 Jamaica Jazz Fest from Jan. 22-24 in Montego Bay, Jamaica. For more on the event log on to:

Thursday Jan. 22nd, 09
Reunion Jazz Band
ReunionJazzBand'09.jpgFounded in 1966 in Beloit, Wisconsin, the Reunion Jazz Quartet is a true jazz and blues act featuring show-stopper Bob Corbit (sax), who’s toured the world and played with legends such as Ike Turner and Clyde Stubblefield; Don Carson (piano),with eight Grammy Awards to his credit; J. Michael Kearsey (bass), lifelong pro, producer and composer from Portland, Oregon; and Michael Scavotto (drums), the man with the fastest double bass in St. Louis.

Los Van Van
Los-Van-Van.jpgLos Van Van is one of the most important and influential bands in the history of 20th century Cuban pop music. Although the 1990s were pervaded by groups that mixed folkloric and traditional music with the musical trends of the day, in the 1960s and ’70s that Latino fusion sensibility was scarce at best. There were primarily two Cuban groups experimenting with mixing pop, funk, rock, and soul with their native traditions. One of those two was Irakere, and the other, far more long-lasting band was Los Van Van.


Matisyahu'09.jpgThe past four years have been fraught with excitement and challenges for Matisyahu and his band mates. Since the release of his 2004 debut, shake off the dust… ARISE, Matisyahu has continued to bring his uncanny, electrifying fusion of orthodox Judaism and classic reggae music to millions of new listeners. His first release on Epic Records, Live at Stubbs, a highly successful live concert recording from the famous venue in Austin TX, has sold nearly 700,000 copies and is certified Gold. Matisyahu drew upon the myriad experiences that led him to such a career pinnacle on his sophomore studio album, Youth, which contains the hit single “King without a Crown.” A compelling mix of ancient and modern sounds and ideas, Youth also reached Gold certification. Matisyahu’s follow-up album, No Place to Be has sold 60,000 copies to date. No Place to be is a collection of remixes and rarities featuring the single “Jerusalem (Out of Darkness Comes Light)

Estelle(2).jpgLet me be different. Let me be that person that you’re not used to hearing… I got to the point, between the last album and this album, where I stopped apologizing for being the person I am. I feel I owe it to people to be 100% honest in my lyrics. I’m just satisfied with who I am, and who I’m turning out to be.

Robin Thicke
robin-thicke.jpgThe award-winning multiplatinum superstar returns to center stage with Something Else, a joyful and modern tribute to the ‘70s soul and pop records that have inspired an extraordinary career.

Something Else is aptly titled. “It’s time for hope and change,” Thicke says. “It’s in the air. And I’m speaking on the times around me.” Thicke echoes the change with mesmerizing Superfly-era vocals, Gamble and Huff-inspired horn arrangements (“Hard on My Love”), unabashed lyrical optimism and an irresistible invitation to the dance floor (“Side Step”). “I don’t want to be a preacher, but I do think at the core of every great existence is an abundance of love and joy, and the only way to create that is to give it,” he adds.

Friday Jan. 23rd, 09

Nikki Yanofsky
Nikki-1At the tender age of ten, when most kids are online checking out the latest teen idol, Nikki Yanofsky was discovering the magic of Ella Fitzgerald and listening to jazz classics “It Don’t Mean A Thing” and “A Tisket, A Tasket.” A few short years later, just past her 13th birthday, the budding young singer was in a recording studio with Grammy Award-winning producer Tommy LiPuma and some of L.A.’s top session musicians, brilliantly scatting her way through Lady Ella’s classic “Airmail Special” for Verve Records’ all-star collection We All Love Ella: Celebrating The First Lady Of Song.

Alto Reed’s Blues Entourage.

Altonstage2.jpgAlto Reed- Legendary saxman and founding member of Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band

Alto has created some of the most recognised sax hooks and live performance styles in Rock and Roll, including; Turn The Page; Mainstreet; Old Time Rock & Roll; Horizontal Boy; Night Moves; Katmandu & Travelin’Man – Beautiful Loser, all of which never fail to instantly bring an audience to its feet.

Randy Crawford & Joe Sample
Randy-and-Joe.jpgCrawford first performed at club gigs from Cincinnati to Saint-Tropez, but made her name in mid 1970s in New York, where she sang with jazzmen George Benson and Cannonball Adderley. Along the way she has sung with Bootsy Collins, Johnny Bristol, Quincy Jones, Al Jarreau and others.
Lionel Richie

lionel.jpgAfter leaving the Commodores, Lionel Richie became one of the most successful male solo artists of the ’80s, arguably eclipsed during his 1981-1987 heyday only by Michael Jackson and Prince. Richie dominated the pop charts during that period with an incredible run of 13 consecutive Top Ten hits, five of them number ones. As his popularity skyrocketed, Richie moved farther away from his R&B origins and concentrated more on adult contemporary balladry, which had been one of his strengths even as part of the Commodores. After 1987, Richie fell silent, taking an extended break from recording and touring before beginning a comeback toward the tail end of the ’90s.

Lou Gramm

Former Lead Singer of Foreigner

First rising to prominence as the frontman for platinum-selling hard rock combo Foreigner, Lou Gramm later mounted a successful solo career, cracking the Top Five in 1987 with “Midnight Blue.” Born in Rochester, NY, Gramm first surfaced as the drummer with the band Black Sheep, assuming lead vocal duties prior to recording the group’s self-titled 1975 “Capitol” debut; although neither the album nor its follow-up “Encouraging Words” earned much mainstream notice,

Tony Hendriks

Tony Hendriks funny, bad, wicked, boom! Stop him before him kill me”

So said out of breath Jamaican woman Bredene Holding who was holding her stomach with mirth pain at his recent show at the Drum in Birmingham, England. She’s not alone.

Jamaican born & half-bred. Hendriks’ comedy has a Caribbean flavour, an international perspective and is universally appreciated! Hendriks currently lives in London but thrills audiences all over the UK, Europe, Caribbean and USA.

Saturday Jan. 24th, 09

Atlantic Starr
atlantic-starr.jpgAtlantic Starr was among the top urban contemporary acts of the ’80s and fared well in the adult contemporary market as well, but their roots were ’70s soul and funk. The East Coast outfit was formed in White Plains, NY, in 1976 by three brothers: lead singer/guitarist David Lewis, lead singer/keyboardist Wayne Lewis, and trombonist/percussionist Jonathan Lewis.
The O’jays

50th Anniversary Special

By any measurement, the O’Jays must be considered one of the most important Soul Music groups of the past 35 years. Originally a regionally popular act in Cleveland (and in fact named after local deejay Eddie O’Jay), the group was together for a decade before getting a major break by teaming with young songwriter/producers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. Their first album on Gamble & Huff’s Philadelphia International Records, Backstabbers, was a masterpiece, highlighted by McFadden & Whitehead’s composition “Backstabbers.”

chicago.jpg THE HISTORY

Starting in 1967, well before all the hits started flowing, Chicago established a reputation for its powerful live show. Fueled by a passion for music, Chicago’s members exploded the conventions of what rock music could or should be. The result was a groundbreaking new form, played by extraordinarily talented musicians. Early fans like Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin were sufficiently impressed – they took the group out on their respective tours.

Maxi Priest
Maxie-Priest.jpgPriest who is known as the “King of Lovers Rock”,is of Jamaican descent, and the second youngest of nine children. His parents moved to England from Jamaica to provide more opportunity for their family and he grew up listening to gospel, reggae, R&B, and pop music. His music is sometimes closer to R&B, and pop, than to reggae music itself. His uncle, Jacob Miller, a reggae icon, was the frontman in the popular reggae group Inner Circle and his son, Ryan Elliott, was a member of the boy band Ultimate Kaos.
Visit the Jamaica Jazz Festival website for updated listings and tickets.

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